Faculty Recital Awes all that Attend
On April 2, 2016, guests that attended The College of St. Scholastica’s faculty recital featuring Edward Martin and William Bastian were mesmerized by the wonderful performance. This faculty recital featured lute music from France and the Czech Lands. The pieces performed were from the 16th and 17th centuries, including works for renaissance and baroque lutes. Martin, an adjunct music instructor at the college, has been playing the lute for nearly forty years. The lute is a stringed instrument that resembles a guitar and ukulele mix. It has a bent neck and a deep, round back, and is used in music varying from the Medieval to the late Baroque eras. Bastian, a music instructor at Scholastica, accompanied Martin during his recital as a tenor singer.
Martin and Bastian began the recital with three beautiful duets from Pierre Attaingnant. The pieces were wonderful to listen to and the tone of Bastian’s voice was the perfect accompaniment to Martin’s lute.
Following the three duo pieces, Martin performed three other pieces from Tabulature de Lutz (1549) and Livre de Tablature (1560) as solos. The songs were from Jean Paul Paladin and sounded stunning on the lute.
These three were followed by a Suite in F major for 11-course lute. The songs were played on a lute with eleven strings. Martin managed to easily maneuver all eleven strings and the sounds he produced were astonishing. The last piece in this set was entitled “Gigue qui imite Coucou.” As Martin performed, the audience was able to pick out the sounds of a Cuckoo bird.
The recital ended with four duet pieces from Martin and Bastian. These songs were played in last year’s recital, but were brought back this year by popular demand. After hearing each of these, it was no wonder they were requested again. The tone of Bastian’s smooth tenor voice and Martins clear lute sound fit together magically. The audience was left in awe as the last tune “Enfin la beaute que j’adore” came to a close. The conclusion was one of the most beautiful and flowing pieces performed during the recital and the audience responded with a standing ovation.